August 10, 2021
2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines & Spousal Support Resources
Every few years Massachusetts redesigns the Child Support Guidelines. Most recently this happened in 2017, 2018 and October of 2021. This page remains up-to-date regarding child support in Massachusetts.
Updated August 24, 2022.
2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines – Starting October 4, 2021
Starting October 4, 2021, Massachusetts will have new Child Support Guidelines.
- Introductory Material and Information
- Changes include:
- A person cannot avoid a child support obligation by choosing to be compensated with stock options or by otherwise reclassifying his or her income.
- A minimum order of $12 per week, but the Court can reduce it to $0.00.
- The 2021 guidelines use maximum combined available annual gross income of the parties of $400,000 per year (up from $250,000).
- Reasonable child care costs of up to $355 per week, per child, due to the gainful employment of either party, are now to be shared in proportion to the parties’ incomes.
- The new guidelines no longer include the word “litigant” from the Preamble and instead inserting “parties”, recognizing that not all cases involve litigation.
Here are some Massachusetts-based Child Support Worksheets and Apps:
- Free: Child Support Guidelines Calculations Worksheet provided by the Probate and Family Court Department is a great tool which calculates child support expenses. If you click on the link above but are not able to access the form, try opening the link in a different browser.
- $2.99 (as of July 2020) – A Massachusetts divorce app for the iPhone and iPad from Infinity Law Group. This app calculates both child support and alimony.
Then there are other resources such as:
- The 21 page text that explains 2018 Child Support in Massachusetts;
- Additional information from the Probate and Family Court.
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